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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

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Treatment Options for Your Aortic Valve Disease

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Medication and Balloon Valvuloplasty (BAV)

Your doctor may give you medicine to help ease the symptoms of your disease. A procedure called BAV may also be done. BAV is not surgery. This is where a balloon is placed in the aortic valve and inflated. This may help the valve function better, but is only a temporary fix. Without valve replacement you could feel worse over time.


Medical management and balloon valvuloplasty do not treat severe AS or alter its progression. Risks will vary, so talk about adverse risk events with your doctor.


Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR)

SAVR is an option for some people with severe AS. The native valve is removed and replaced with a new valve.


Because each patient has his or her unique medical history, risks will vary, so talk about adverse risk events with your doctor.


Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The Medtronic TAVR heart valve is another option for people with severe AS. It does not require open heart surgery. It is implanted using an artery that leads to the heart.

The Medtronic TAVR heart valve is made from pig heart tissue. This tissue valve is held by a metal frame. It is designed to work like your own heart valve.

Your physician may refer to the Medtronic TAVR heart valve by a different names, including CoreValve, Evolut R, or Evolut PRO.

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How Does the Medtronic TAVR Heart Valve Get to My Heart?

The arteries in your body are like a system of roads. They branch out from the heart. There are different "routes" that your doctor can use to get to your heart.

These include:

  • An artery in your leg (1).
  • An artery in your neck (2).
  • A space between your ribs (3).
  • Another entry point determined by your doctor.

Each route has risks. Discuss them with your doctor.

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